Mozilla’s New CEO Support for Prop 8 Sparks Outrage
Mozilla, the software company best known for creating the web browser Firefox, hired a new CEO Tuesday, who donated money to a campaign supporting California’s Proposition 8 in 2008, Beta News reports.
In protest of Mozilla’s decision to promote Brendan Eich, who gave $1,000 in 2008 to support Prop 8, some have decided to boycott the company by refusing to use FireFox and other software.
"Today we were shocked to read that Brendan Eich has been appointed Mozilla CEO," developers Hampton Catlin and husband Michael Catlin said in a statement. "As a gay couple who were unable to get married in California until recently, we morally cannot support a Foundation that would not only leave someone with hateful views in power, but will give them a promotion and put them in charge of the entire organization."
They add: "I certainly recognize that there are great people at Mozilla. And that lots of people there want the org to be open and supportive. However, the board could have chosen ANY of those other, awesome people at Mozilla to be CEO. Hey, I’ve got a crazy idea, how about a woman at Mozilla? Nope. Out of all the possible candidates they could have chosen, they chose Brendan Eich. CEO’s are extremely important to an organization. Their ideas, beliefs, philosophies, and personalities drive organizations."
Hampton Catlin also sent a letter to Mozilla and say:
" As a married gay couple who are co-founders of this venture, we have chosen to boycott all Mozilla projects. We will not develop apps or test styles on Firefox anymore.
Effective today, we’re removing Color Puzzle from the Firefox Marketplace and stopping work on all of our Firefox-related applications, notably the about-to-launch Firefox version of the popular Dictionary! app for iPhone and Android.